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We had several nights of Aurora Borealis a.k.a Northern Lights, on the Bloodvein River expedition. The best night was 7th September 2015, when the lights were visible even before it became fully dark. Later on we were treated to the most amazing display, a small fraction of which I captured in the time lapse video shown here… Read more...

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Post image for My Knife: The Ben Orford Woodlander 4″ Classic

Knives! Knives! Knives! But which one? Mora? Ben Orford? Kellam? PK1? We only have to look in any bushcraft, hunting or survival magazines to see pages and pages of different knives. All shapes, all sizes. Some very expensive, some with almost everything on them apart from the kitchen sink! So, with so much choice out […] Read more...

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Post image for Modern Visual Tracking: From Stone Age To Space Age

The basis of tracking remains as it ever did. But there have also been modern developments in the way tracking is used as well as some of the technology which can now be brought to bear to augment our own human faculties. David Scott-Donelan is uniquely positioned to provide an authorative overview of modern visual tracking – something we recorded him doing in this presentation… Read more...

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Post image for My Knife: The Ben Orford Craftsman

Everybody has their own preference for what they want in a knife for bushcraft, but it may surprise you I’m not about to claim that the knife I chose does everything. My first knife had been an Opinel No.7 folding knife. This was initially because I was only practicing bushcraft in my garden, and this […] Read more...

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Post image for My Knife: The Kellam Wolverine

One of the things I like about bushcraft is that many aspects of subject involve the use of tools. And I like tools. Most of the tools used in bushcraft tend to be cutting tools; knives, axes and saws being the main ones but others such as billhooks and adzes are also quite popular. Most […] Read more...

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Post image for Carex Pendula:  How The Sedge Crumbles

Pendulous Sedge, Carex pendula is an extremely widespread plant found throughout most of the United Kingdom. It is known to grow as far north as Denmark and Sweden up 58oN latitude, and as far south as West Africa and the Middle-East. It has been reported to be spreading across North America and has… Read more...

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Post image for The Birch Bark Canoe: Navigating A New World

  At Frontier HQ we’ve watched this video documentary multiple times and love it. It does a great job of blending the art, science and history of the canoe. On the one hand, the canoe is a romantic vehicle of the past; on the other hand it remains the deeply practical craft it always has […] Read more...

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Post image for Being Part Of The Wilderness; Not Just Surviving It

My friend, author and outdoor educator, Kevin Callan recently added the above film to his YouTube channel. It’s a little more serious than many of his offerings but I think it’s a great short film which reflects his deep love of wild places and accessing them by canoe. For me, one of Kevin’s comments really […] Read more...

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Post image for Firelighting: Preparation And Attention To Detail

Preparation and attention to detail are two of the key differentiators between success and failure when it comes to lighting a fire outdoors. Many people rush to achieve a flame, only to have insufficient or poorly prepared kindling and larger fuel. The key is to spend sufficient time gathering the materials you need, making sure […] Read more...

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Bushcraft And Beating Drums

by Paul Kirtley

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One of the things I love about teaching outdoors is the diversity that it affords. Throughout the year, I’m lucky to be able to run a variety of courses at a range of venues. Every place is unique and has a different mix of resources that can be used for teaching bushcraft. More stimulating still […] Read more...

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